Though dreaming is easy making those dreams a reality requires hard work and teambuilding is a difficult task, said the chief guest Minister of Economic Reforms and Scientific Affairs Milinda Moragoda at the launch of the newly set up extension of the Management club at the Mt. Lavinia Hotel.
‘As a country, we have done a poor job since independence in implementing our plans, but the time has now come to stop talking and work harder to realise these dreams’, he said.
Quoting the second American President John Adams who had once said “I learn the politics of war so that I can teach my children Commerce and Economics for them to teach their children Music and Dance”, the Minister said that the diversity of Sri Lankan ethnicities could be a source of strength and never a weakness in striving towards our goals.
The Minister said that the time has come for all Sri Lankans to work together, now that the country is on the path of peace and that networking which is the key theme of the Management club, should be in believing in a cause which is larger than achieving narrow personal gains.
He said that the skills and resources available in Sri Lanka should be shared across the country through institutions such as the Management Club and that only such contributions will make a country better.
British High Commissioner David Evans who was a special guest stressed the importance of Sri Lanka being a regional hub where more than 120 joint ventures of Britain and Sri Lanka operate.
Director, British Council, Tony O’Brian, Patron CMI commended the social welfare activities undertaken by the Management Club, Chairman of the Management Club Fayaz Saleem said that the success story was a result of a collective effort of a set of individuals with a multitude of diverse talents. He said there are plans for expansion of the club to other townships such as Kandy and Galle and to have reciprocal arrangements with clubs in regional countries as well.